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Southeastern sponsoring full slate of summer camps on campus, at Livingston Center

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Parents looking for challenging, creative and fun summer activities for elementary children will find a wide variety of programs offered by Southeastern Louisiana University.

     The “Academic Adventures” summer camps, which focus on topics from Spanish culture to science, will be back this year as will popular recreation day camp sessions and music, art, writing and sports camps, all under the administrative umbrella of Southeastern’s Division of Continuing Education.

     The Academic Adventure camps will be held at the Southeastern Laboratory School cafeteria and at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, said Coordinator Linda Munchausen.

     Academic Adventure camps include:

     ▪ “Fiesta Camp,” June 9-20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Session I) or 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Session II), weekdays, Lab School, $100. Open to ages 5-11, the camp will explore Hispanic culture through craft, dance, and art with an instructor who is fluent in Spanish and enthusiastic about sharing her culture with children. Campers will participate in cultural activities such as dancing, singing, arts and crafts, conversation, games, outdoor activities, and talent shows to stimulate their interest in foreign languages.

     ▪ “Space and Rockets ’08,” June 23-27, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $215. The popular camp will feature a new rocket design that will bring campers even closer to the stars this year. Campers will build the high-flying, solid-fueled rocket for launch day – parents invited! They will also make a working telescope, build a light-up model of the solar system, explore the secrets of Mars, and create a motorized K’Nex Mars Rover and fiber optic constellations in this unforgettable outer space adventure.

     The camp is open to students entering grades 2-5. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for an additional $10.

     ▪ “Gizmo’s Gadgets and Goop,” July 7-11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $215. Science and imagination join forces as children entering grades 2-5 build electronic gadgets while learning basic principles of electricity. Campers will explore the science behind batteries, bulbs and buzzers and enter the “Invention Dimension” to design and create motorized K’Nex racers, roller coasters, planes and more. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for an additional $10.

     ▪ “Extreme Sports Science,” July 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $215. Campers entering grades 2-5 will build a fitness kit and study basic human anatomy. As they take part in wacky competitions and go for the gold in the closing ceremonies, they will listen to their heartbeat with a stethoscope, measure their pulse, build a skeleton, and explore the buoyancy of swimming, the tricks to balance and the aerodynamics of racing. From learning about wellness to understanding the human body’s amazing capabilities, the camp delivers a healthy dose of fitness and science. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for an additional $10.

     ▪ “Science Detectives,” July 28-Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $125. Campers will build their own Science Detective kit, including flashlights, microscopes, and periscopes. They will put the tools to the test exploring the science mysteries behind magnets, phosphorescence and invisible ink. They will also use forensics to discover the “culprit” behind a missing ice cream recipe, make ice cream and earn a “Science Adventures Detective Badge.” The session will be open to students entering grades 2-5. The cost is $215 and extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for an additional $10.

     Academic Adventures camps offered at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center are:

     ▪ “Writing is Fun!,” June 16-20, 8 a.m.-noon, weekdays, $120. Children ages 8-14 can write to their heart's content under the guidance of the faculty of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. Daily activities will include writing; connecting the writing process with photography and print-making; story quilts; cartooning; and many other creative activities incorporating reading, writing, and art. Campers will polish their work through peer editing, and work will be published in an anthology. On the final day, young writers will present their best work to parents and friends at a "Coffee House Reading."

     ▪ A second and slightly shorter version of the Science Detectives camp will be offered June 23-27, 8 a.m.-noon, weekdays, Livingston Center. The camp is for children entering grades 3-5 and costs $120.

     For both Livingston Center camps, pre-camp care is available from 7:15- 8 a.m. for an additional $10.

     Continuing Education also coordinates the Children’s Art Workshop, July 7-17; the Southeastern Music Festival, July 7-18; the Young Writers Camp, June 23-27; and four two-week sessions throughout the summer of the Children's Summer Day Camp. Southeastern will also be the site of a variety of sports, dance team and cheerleader camps, also coordinated by Continuing Education.

     For information and registration forms for Southeastern summer camps visit or contact Munchausen, 985-549-3935, Continuing Education, 985-549-2301, or the Livingston Center, 225-665-3303.

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